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Ghaziabad police reshuffles 607 personnel to check corruption

The Ghaziabad police on Sunday transferred 607 head constables and constables, including women constables, among the police stations in Ghaziabad. The move came after chief minister Yogi Adityanath decided to retain the portfolio of the home department in the state.

noida Updated: Mar 26, 2017 22:22 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
A couple of days ago, the district police chief had suspended 44 personnel, constables and head constables, on charges of dereliction of duty.
A couple of days ago, the district police chief had suspended 44 personnel, constables and head constables, on charges of dereliction of duty.(Sakib Ali/HT)

The Ghaziabad police on Sunday transferred 607 head constables and constables, including women constables, among the police stations in Ghaziabad. The move came after chief minister Yogi Adityanath decided to retain the portfolio of the home department in the state.

Officials said that the reshuffle was done in accordance with a 2010 government order, which allows for moving police personnel posted for three years or more at a police station in a particular district. To give way to the major shuffle, the district police chief roped in IPS officers and directed them to chalk out a list, in which 607 such personnel, nearly 18% of the district police force, were identified.

Officials said that the preparation of the list was also kept confidential.

“The reshuffle has been done in a routine way as per government order. I joined last October and soon, the model code of conduct for the elections was in place. Then, only the sub-inspectors were shuffled. This exercise was pending and we did it now. It is quite possible that many of the transferred personnel could have been posted in the same police station for more than three years, maybe four to six years,” Deepak Kumar, the senior superintendent of police, Ghaziabad, said.

Officials said that the move was also approved by the headquarters. A couple of days ago, the district police chief had suspended 44 personnel, constables and head constables, on charges of dereliction of duty. Before the move, IPS officers and local intelligence officials were asked to prepare a report, in which traces of corruption against the personnel were found.

A police source said, “Those suspended mostly included personnel who assumed the purported tag of ‘thekedaars’ at police stations and allegedly indulged in corrupt practices, even overshadowing station house officers and sub-inspectors.”

“During a previous attempt to remove the ‘thekedaars’, some of them had approached courts and obtained stays. However, this time, senior officials got the stay orders suspended in order to avoid being in the contempt of court,” the source said.

“Since then (the suspensions and shuffle), there have been various ‘sifarish’ (undue recommendations in this case) coming in to restore the personnel. Such recommendations are coming from politicians and pressure groups but it is not going to work. The police stations must be clean,” a senior police official said.

A former Uttar Pradesh police chief expressed surprise over the development and also asked why the exercise was left pending for so long.

“I am surprised over the development. Rules and regulations in Uttar Pradesh were largely oriented to suit specific groups. Several officers also confided during conversations that they found it difficult to take action against particular persons. It may be that now the officers are feeling emboldened and trying to set the course right,” Prakash Singh, former UP director general of police, said.

“However, I would also say that some officers taking such actions could also be trying to project themselves (as favourable) to the higher-ups. This could also have been done previously during the normal course of duties. The number of those shuffled is large and this detailed exercise should be properly scrutinised as well. Corruption is pervasive and undisputed. It is also a fact that members of a particular group found it convenient to be posted in these districts as these are considered a gold mine,” he said.